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Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression mom with babySimply-Women-logo The birth of a baby is often a joyous event. However, it can also result in something you, as a new mom, may not expect: depression.

As many as 80 percent of moms experience what’s called the “baby blues” within the first few days to two weeks following delivery. They cry more easily, feel irritable or on an emotional roller coaster, and are fatigued. Fortunately, this is usually a relatively short — and mild — experience that generally lasts a few days and resolves on its own.

But one in seven women will have a more serious condition known as postpartum depression (PPD).

Are You at Risk for Postpartum Depression?

Abby postpartumIt’s natural to feel strong emotions when you’re pregnant and just after you’ve had a baby. You may feel elated, or you may feel sad. Many women have the “baby blues” just after birth. They feel sad, impatient or irritable. These feelings usually go away in a week or two. They don’t always need to be treated by a health care provider.

For some women, feelings of sadness are much more intense.